Can "Christian" Psychology or Counseling Help Me?
"For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world...I am the bread of life." (John 6:33,48)
Is it true that Jesus - who is the Word of God and the bread of life - gives those who choose to follow him everything they need to live a life pleasing to God and loving towards others? Is is true that the Holy Spirit provides all the power needed to live a life pleasing to the Lord?
"Christian" psychology or counseling is religious peoples attempt to try and 'help' other respectors of religion with their world-centered beliefs, dressed up in biblical words and phrases and calling it all "christ-centered". "Christian" psychologists and counselors simply mix humanistic philosophies with the some of the truth in the scripture. Of course, they would never admit to their primary beliefs being humanistic, for they believe themselves to be both biblical and uniquely enlightened "experts" and "professionals".
The false, self-centered beliefs of that which call's itself "Christian Psychology" are ensnaring most people who participate in christianity. The religious system's leaders are entirely embracing the philosophies of christain psychology and are thus hastening both the nullification of Jesus' teachings and thus deepening the deception of the people who submit to them.
The question, 'Can Christian Psychology Help Me', is is a very important question since so many people in christian religion believe that the answer to this question is "yes". But, is the answer "yes"? Worse, what if the answer is that it not only does not help, but actually harms?
The Disciple and Truth
Lets start by asking the question, what is the source of truth for the disciple of Jesus? Where does the believer find absolute truth precepts to live by? The true believer knows that the answer to this question is the Words of Jesus. And the only place where one finds an accurate description of what Jesus of Nazareth is like is in the gospels. This is tight logic which cannot be avoided. Therefore, the only question that remains is do the gospels contain EVERYTHING that I as a follower of Jesus need to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord? In other words, do the gospels contain all the information I need to love the Lord and others? Stated in yet another way, do the gospels provide me with all the truth I need to make every decision in this life, in a way that both pleases the Lord and expresses His love to others? Of course the disciple also need's God's Spirit to guide him in life, but in terms of knowing the Father and the Son, the answer to these three questions is YES!
This is the crux of the issue regarding "Christian Psychology", for if Jesus gives us all the principles we need to live a life pleasing to God and loving towards others, then we dont need any other source of truth to live this life. The problem for religious people, as it has always been, and will continue to be until Messiah returns, is that "You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life". (John 5:39-40). Our sinful nature does not want to submit to the Lord and His ways, and thus we try to find other ways to live while avoiding submitting to His person and teachings.
"I am the Way, the Truth and the Life...all things..."?
In the gospel of John, Jesus says some very important things regarding this question of if we can find everything we need to live a life pleasing to God and thus be accepted by God. Jesus says of himself, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." (John 14:6) Now, if Jesus is the way to God, all the truth that eternally matters, and life eternal itself, then what do we lack if we know him and his Words? And by the Father's mercy, Jesus' Words have been preserved in the gospels. Is your psychologist the way, the truth and the life? How can your human counselor make you receive Jesus' Words?
Furthermore, Jesus says, "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you." (John 14:26) When a person is born from above (or born again) as Jesus teaches in John 3:3-7, they receive the Father's Spirit, the Holy Spirit, who now enables the disciple of Jesus to receive the Father's Words as spoken and embodied in the Son. Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit will "teach you all things". Now, obviously that does not mean that the Spirit will teach us how to build an automobile. The context of these Words tells us that the Spirit will teach us all things about things that matter eternally, and what matters eternally is knowing the Father and the Son and obeying the Son's teachings (John 17:3, 14:15). So this teaching of Jesus says that the Holy Spirit, using the Son's Words as recorded in the gospels, will teach us "all things". So, what is lacking in "all things"? How can a clergyman or psychological philosopher add to this and bring additional wisdom? If you don't have the Spirit, then no man can help you understand the things of the King and his Kingdom. And if you do have the Spirit, Jesus says that HE will teach you all things, not another man, and that of course would include psychologist, counselors and clergymen.
Jesus also says, "No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you". (John 15:15)
"All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you." (John 16:15)
Jesus plainly says that "all things" that he has heard from his Father he has made known to his disciples. So, what is lacking in "all things"? Jesus further promises that the Father will take of Jesus' wisdom and knowledge and disclose it to Jesus' disciples. The other Words of Jesus say that God will do this by His Spirit (John 14:26).
Listen to what Jesus says in John 17:3, "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent". And as has been previously logically concluded, the only place we can listen to Jesus of Nazareth is in the gospels.
You see, the phrase "Christian Psychology" is a true oxymoron. In other words, the phrase contradicts itself. Other examples of phrases which are oxymoron's would be square circle, or Islamic Jew or profitable loss, or hot ice. Why is the term "Christian Psychology" an oxymoron? Because the two terms denote contradictory beliefs about sources of truth. "Christian" means Christ-like, and as already discussed, the only reliable source of truth (eyewitness testimony and direct teachings) for knowing Messiah is the gospels. The disciple of Jesus believes that Jesus is Gods Word and that in his teachings, we get everything the believer needs to please the Lord and to love others. "Psychology", on the other hand, means a system of belief centered on mans mind in-and-of himself apart from God. Webster definer's "psychology" as, "the science of mind and behavior". The Most High God revealed through the Son is nowhere to be found in contemporary American psychological belief systems. All the major schools of psychological philosophy in the United States today have their roots, trunks, branches and leaves in pagan secular beliefs about man. All the founding fathers of psychology men like Freud, Jung, Rogers, Maslow, et al were atheists, agnostics, or secular humanists. Certainly none were disciples of Jesus.
Now, if all the creators of mainstream contemporary psychological philosophy reject the Light of the world, could they possibly contribute any truth precept to the believer that would be eternally profitable? Of course not! Then what good thing can be gleaned from the empty philosophies of contemporary psychology whose founders were unbelievers? The answer is obvious to those who love and seek the Lord with all their heart.
What About "Christian" Psychology?
So, if it is true that God has preserved all the truth necessary to live a life pleasing to God and loving towards others by preserving His Son's Words in the gospels, AND that unbelieving belief systems under any label, including "psychology", express enmity towards God, the question inevitably comes up, what about "Christian" psychology? The na�ve, ignorant, or sadly deceived people say, "dont throw the baby out with the bath water surely the work done by Christian psychologists is beneficial". What if that statement is false? In truth, a disciple turning people to Jesus is the "baby", and psychological precepts are the "bath water". So, yes, throw out the bath water (psychology) and keep the baby (speaking the Words of the Lord).
From another perspective regarding the attempted integration of Jesus' teachings with psychological doctrine, how can one integrate falsehood in the pure truth found only in Jesus' Words? As the apostle James says, "Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring can yield both salt water and fresh" (James 3:11-12). As has already been discussed, psychological philosophy has it origins in unbelief and thus it represents the bitter or salt water. The Words of the Lord, on the other hand, are the pure, unpolluted, fresh water. Psychology, by definition, originates from fallible, uninspired man and is centered in mans thoughts about himself. Jesus' Words, on the other hand, originated from the infallible Lord through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and is centered in Messiah Jesus and his Father's worthiness to be worshipped, praised, loved and obeyed. These are two mutually exclusive belief systems, and never the twain shall meet!
A Loving Murderer?
In addition, another question that begs to be asked is what is a "Christian Psychologist". As you familiarize yourself with Jesus' teachings, you will not see a "Christian Psychologist" listed with "prophets, wise men and scribes" in Matt. 23:34. As I scour the rest of the New Testament, I am at a loss to find anything even coming close to resembling a "Christian Psychologist".
Did the Lord forget to add "Christian Psychologist" to the lists of gifted people in the New Testament? After all, God does dwell in eternity and sees all things past, present and future. Why did He omit "Christian Psychologist" or even a Biblical synonym like "personal counselor"? Could it be that the basic element of love that all disciples are to demonstrate towards one another in normal faith relationships provides all the "counseling" any believer needs? Basic relationship and encouraging one another in the Lord is all that is necessary. In addition, is not the counsel of the older or more mature members of Jesus' Family who are gifted with a thorough understanding of Jesus' Words, and who have His compassion for people, enough to help those brethren making up God's Family? The answer is YES, YES, YES, A THOUSAND TIMES YES! It is strange at best that someone claiming to be a disciple of Jesus would want to be called a "Christian Psychologist". Why not just humble service among God's Family, loving and serving the brethren in day to day living? Perhaps some have become too "wise" for the Lord's ways [link to Education-olotry].
"Love" for (of ?) Money?
At this point, I cant help but express my deep grief at how far those religious organizations claming to represent Jesus have spiraled downward into obvious apostasy. Jesus, the Word of God, and the Father's Spirit are no longer considered "sufficient" by the leaders of christianity to nurture and exhort a disciple into maturity. Instead, the empty cisterns of polluted psychological philosophy are looked to for support. How wretchedly tragic and sad for those few sheep still stuck in the religious organizations who are further deceived by the worlds philosophies under the guise of "Christian Psychology". The question must be asked - is psychological philosophy a Friend or Fraud? Healer or Hoax?? Truth or Lies???
How did those people claiming to try to live by the teachings of the one who said, "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth" (Matthew 6:24); arrive at the place where an "elite" class of "psychological experts" educated in the ways of the world, merrily demand filthy mammon from disciples of Jesus to allegedly turn them to their Master? How is it possible that money for love has become accepted by those saying they live by Jesus' teachings? It is an abomination to the Lord and judgment has already started. How, you ask, has judgment started? Well, the worst possible thing the Lord can do is to withdraw Himself from people, and this is what He has done and is continuing to do. Hell is nothing more than the place where the Lord chooses not to manifest any of His love or mercy. It is the place where He places those who have chosen to ignore Him and who want no part of Him. In other words, He has provided a place where He withdraws Himself from those who desire to ignore Him.
What About Biblical Counseling?
It would depend on how you define "Biblical Counseling". If you mean the disciples speaking the Words of Jesus to each other in the course of daily life and without asking for mammon to do so, then "Biblical Counseling" is fine. If, however, you mean a "special person" labeled, "A Biblical Counselor", who has some credentials given by the world or the religious institutions, and who CHARGES A FEE to "help people trust in Jesus" - then this type of "Biblical Counseling" is worse than pure secular psychological counseling. Why? Because it is nothing more than rank greed and simony in the name of "Christ"! It amazes me that someone would charge money to allegedly "help someone trust in the Lord". With this type of deception and delusion going on in the religious institutions, surely Jesus is coming back very soon. If the reader cant see the inherent contradiction to Jesus' teachings of someone charging another believer money to allegedly "help someone trust in the Lord" to overcome some problem or circumstance, then Im afraid you may not be a believer (Matt. 10:8; Matt. 24:24).
'Oh', but you might cry, 'pastors receive pay'. Yes they do, in fact, the vast majority would not be "pastors" if they didn't receive mammon for it, and thus they reveal themselves for what they are - hirelings (see John 10). Any alleged follower of Jesus who demands pay to allegedly help people find the Lord's will or strength directly contradict Jesus teachings on this matter and thus cannot be serving him (Matt. 10:8; Luke 6:30-36). In addition, even if you believe in churchianity's structure, there is no such gift or calling as "counselor" to be found anywhere in the New Covenant. Many defend by saying, 'Oh, but they must make a living?' Fine, but a prostitute can make the same claim. Go ahead and make a living, but not by leaching off disciples with a crystal ball of psycho-therapeutic, Jesus rejecting mumbo jumbo which not only does not help, but actually further deceives.
Where to Turn for Answers?
To Jesus, the Living Word of God, of course! In Jesus' Words, his disciples will find all they need to please him and his Father, the Most High God. It is that simple from an intellectual standpoint, but it is very difficult from a spiritual standpoint since our flesh does not want to DO what Jesus says. If we do what he says, however, we will find the beautiful freedom he promises in these Words:
"If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." (John 8:31-32)
The following is a brochure that I have handed out in front of a psychology clinic. It is a good ministry and I highly exhort disciples to partake in this ministry, since people who are seeing psychologists are typically those who recognize they have problems and are looking for help. Sadly, it would also be effective ministry in front of "Christian Psychological Clinics" in calling "Christian Psycho-Therapists" to repentance over dual abominations of 'I'll-love-you-if-you-pay-me'; and, 'I am a world-trained and licensed expert who you need to find God's will and strength'.
If you would like copies of this brochure, just e-mail me and I'll mail you one from which you may make as many copies as you like. The brochure is entitled
PSYCHOLOGY: Friend or Fraud? Healer or Hoax?? Truth or Lies???
Can Psycho-Therapists Actually Help You Solve Your Problems?
IM DEPRESSED WHAT DO I DO?
Many people today are seeking help for lifes problems from psychological counselors. It seems to many that this is the only option available for people suffering from the emotional pain that oftentimes results from lifes decisions or circumstances. Please seriously consider another option - an option that is far superior. An option that will truly heal your inner hurts, guilt or anxiety caused by relational problems with others. For if you look closely at your life, you will see that the emotional pain and anxiety you are suffering from is probably related to some problem with a relationship, or relationships in your life. Whether the problem is with your husband, wife, children, relatives, in-laws, co-workers, boss, friends, neighbors or yourself, your problem is due to disharmony or discord with those you love, care about or with those who influence your life. The really good news is that there is a wonderfully simple solution to your problems. But before we disclose the simple solution, lets closely examine the psychological counseling you may currently be relying on for help.
Lets look at an illustration to start. Suppose you have a friend or relative who has been faithful and trustworthy over the years. When you had a problem, this person was there to comfort or support you - to listen empathetically to your problems and provide some wisdom and guidance. This person truly cares about you and will give you guidance without their own selfish motives interfering, and without asking for anything in return. Could you imagine this person, after they helped you through some difficult time or issue, saying to you, "hey, by the way, that will be $60 dollars per hour for my helping you". I hope you would be shocked, hurt and disgusted. After all, this person claims to care about you for who you are, and not for what you can give them. True love and caring doesnt ask for anything in return - it simply gives and has the other persons best interests at heart. Truly caring for someone means not asking for something in return for showing them kindness, concern or true love.
Perhaps youve never had, or currently dont have, a true friend like the one described above. Perhaps that is one of your problems. You feel all alone and dont have people around you who love you for you, and not because you give something to them or they get something from you. Many people go to psychological counselors just because they are lonely and are seeking someone to talk with. Perhaps this is why you have turned to a psychological counselor, because you feel you dont have anyone who both truly loves you and cares for your well being AND who has the wisdom to help you. The question is, does the psychological counselor meet these two criteria i.e. truly caring for you AND having the wisdom to help you?
Examining the First Criteria: Does the Psychological Counselor Truly Care About You?
If we define truly caring for you as truly loving you and thereby not asking for anything in return for showing kindness and care, then the psychological counselor utterly fails the first criteria. Why? Because they insist you pay them or else they wont "help you". Oh, they have ways of hiding the obvious fact that they demand your money, like having receptionists ask you for the money, or by taking the money via your insurance. But the long and short of it is they demand money from you regardless of the method through which they receive it. And if you don't give it to them, they won't "help you".
Psychologists often respond to this truth by saying, "well, you pay your doctor, dont you?" Two points in response to this attempt to avoid the uncomfortable truth. First, there are many medical doctors who use their skills to help heal the physically ill without asking for payment. Not all medical doctors are given over to greed and bill as much as possible all the time in order to buy expensive cars and vacation homes, etc. So, because the vast majority of doctors are motivated by greed does not mean all are, and some donate time in free clinics to freely help the poor and needy. Secondly, your medical doctor actually treats a physical or organic problem. If you have a physical wound, the medical doctor sutures the wound; if you have kidney stones, the medical doctor prescribes medicine or a procedure which actually removes the kidney stones; etc. Psychologists, on the other hand, do not deal in the area of physical medicine or science, but rather in the area of beliefs. They dont assist the healing of physical problems like medical doctors, but rather claim to help heal emotional and/or relational problems through their belief system and advice.
A medical doctor could sew up a wound on your leg without ever getting to know you from a relational or emotional standpoint. He could help your body to heal properly without ever claiming to be your friend, if you define friendship as a knowing via two way communication of two people with resultant emotional attachments or dependencies. Psychologists, on the other hand, do claim to be a friend, as defined above, and do claim to help you heal your emotional and/or relational problems. This places them right back into the position of claiming to be your friend since they claim to care about your emotional/relational well being. But do friends demand money to show care for you and to help you? There is no logical way to avoid this truth. The hard truth is that by definition, one who demands money in order to show you their "love" for you is a prostitute! On the first criteria 'Does the psychological counselor truly care about you?' the answer is just as much, and in the same way, a prostitute cares for her "John". You see a psychologist is to friendship what a prostitute is to sexual relations. The truth is that those who truly care about you DO NOT DEMAND MONEY FOR HELPING YOU! On this basis alone, you should reject looking to the psychological counselor for "help". This same truth applies to religious counselors as well if they demand money, for they are exactly the same except they hide behind religion to justify the practice.
Perhaps youll ask your psychological counselor about his/her demanding pay, and theyll attempt to avoid the truth by saying, "well, your insurance pays, not you". That might be so, but it doesnt change the fact that your psychological counselor still demands money in order to show you their "love" and "concern". To illustrate this truth, please consider the following. If John pays a prostitute to have sex with Jack, does it mean the prostitute truly "loves" Jack since Jack did not directly pay her? The answer is obviously no the prostitutes primary concern is making a living (read, making money), and sadly, so is the psychological counselors. In addition, does the psychological counselor consider you an equal in terms of basic human value, or do they view you as a kind of laboratory rat or unenlightened ignoramus whose behavior they are trying to manipulate into their own self-righteous standard which they themselves cant live by?
Examining the Second Criteria: Does the Psychological Counselor Have the Wisdom to Actually Help You?
Psychological counselors dont deal with physical problems like medical doctors, and therefore they are really nothing more than people you go to for advise on how to live your life or how to stop the emotional turmoil you are in. But do they have the answers? What do they believe are the secrets for peace and happiness? If they believed some far out stuff like put a watermelon on your head and live in a tree, then you would not go to see them! The fact is they believe the same essential things about life that you do. If they did not, you would feel uncomfortable with them and would not want their help. However, if they believe the same essential things about life and how to find happiness as you do, then they will not be able to help you solve your problems. All they�ll be able to do is to talk with you over time until your emotions quiet down after the crisis, or to try and convince you that you should not feel guilty about decisions you made, words you said, or things you have done.
Most psychological therapists claim that psychology has the power to solve all of your problems if you just let them enlighten/educate you in their philosophies. However, if psychologists have all the answers, then why do so many psychologists suffer from anxiety and depression and see their peers for help with their own problems?! Education in this culture is worshipped and viewed as salvation, and psychological counselors lean heavily upon this belief. However, if their education doesn�t help them to experience peace and joy and love in their lives, why do you go to them for help? Is it because they have some advanced degree? Well, you need to know that there are many well educated fools out there! The fact is that hopelessness, anxiety and ultimately the suicide rate is positively correlated to one�s education and socio-economic level i.e. the more highly educated you are and the more money you have, the more likely you are to be hopeless, lonely, anxious, depressed and to take you own life. Poor teenagers don�t take their own life � rich, well educated teenagers do. Education is not the solution, so don�t run to the psychological counselor because of all the letters after their name.
What is the source of the psychological counselors wisdom? Whatever the source Freud, Jung, Rogers, et al (these are the names of some of the founding fathers of psychological belief systems) the fact is that the source is not ultimately authoritative, bur rather just the opinions of fallible men. So, if imperfect, fallible men, who struggle with their own problems dont have the answers to your deepest needs, then who does?
I dont know if you claim a religious label or not e.g. whether you claim to be a Catholic or Jew or Protestant etc. The good news is that religion is not the answer to your problems either! If you thought it was, you would be seeing your priest, rabbi or pastor for help in solving your problems. By virtue of your seeing a psychologist, you have said you dont believe that your priest, rabbi or pastor has the answers you need. You have rejected, for all practical purposes, the traditional religious label you use to describe yourself. Sadly, however, you are now seeking help at the door of another religion the religion of secular humanism. You see psychological philosophy is a religion if one defines religion as what people believe about ultimate reality and meaning of life. It is the theologies of man-worship.
Psychologists minister their religion of the worship of man and the ultimate goal of "feeling good emotionally", by trying to convince you that you are not a bad person and the blame for your selfish behavior lies largely at the feet of other people, typically your parents. Psychologists will tell you that there are no absolute standards of what is right and what is wrong, and that you need to find your own way and create you own moral reality that you can live by. Modern psychological beliefs are nothing more than a religion of the worship of man as the ultimate source of wisdom, authority and good. However, the fact that the psychological counseling industry is growing by leaps and bounds proves that it does not help! If it did, then there would be fewer people needing their services. And if it really helped, then surely parents would pass it on to their children, in order to spare their children the same pain they went through. This would further reduce the need of psychologists. Yet peoples hopelessness, anxieties and depression just keep on growing. Why? The religion of secular psychological humanism will continue to fail, just like other religions, because of this essential and fatal flaw the psychological counselor cannot remove the guilt of your sin by forgiving them. Only the Person of God alone can provide you with the forgiveness you need, because you first sinned against Him, the moral law Creator, Who gave you the capacity to know right from wrong.
No, the answer to your problems loneliness, fear, guilt, depression, and hopelessness is not found in psychology, philosophy or religion, but rather in the form of a Person a Savior. The solution to your problems is found in a personal relationship with the true and living God's Son Jesus of Nazareth. Now you may react by saying, hey, thats religion. No, Jesus is not religion, rather, He is a REAL AND LIVING PERSON, and He says "Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28). Jesus did not say, "go to the nearest building that has stained glass and people with long robes and funny collars who claim to represent Me and go through their rituals". No, He says, "Come to Me". He says, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, and no man comes to the Father but through Me" (John 14:6). Jesus says to those who trust in him, "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful." (John 14:27)
You see you will never receive forgiveness for your sins except through the Most High God's Son Jesus the Messiah. Your deepest need is to be right with your Creator - to be accepted by Him by being forgiven of the greatest sin - unbelief or ignoring Him. Can you imagine having children who one day, start completely and utterly ignoring you in their presence, as if you were not even there? Are you doing the same thing to Jesus? Do you ignore him and his Words while being a "good christian" by going to some religious building week after week? So, how are your outward religious rituals, or shallow knowledge about Jesus helping to bring you peace?
A woman came to Jesus for the forgiveness of her sins, and Jesus said, "Therefore, I tell you her sins have been forgiven for she loved [Me] much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little." Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." The other guests began to say among themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?" Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith [in Me] has saved you; go in peace." (Luke 7:47-50) What did her faith in Jesus "save" her from? The just condemnation of God against her sins. You see God the Father is perfectly loving and he will not force people to be in His presence in heaven. He loves you so much that He sent His Son Jesus to show you the Way to the Father, and He witnessed to this fact by raising Jesus of Nazareth from the dead three days after Jesus allowed sinful mankind to murder Him on the cross. You see, your Creator, God, has already proved His love for you by sending His Son to be beaten and mocked and nailed to a cross to lay down his life for you even while you yet ignore him. And what did Jesus give to this woman who trusted in him as Messiah? His peace, something every person alive needs.
The eyewitness testimony of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, the gospels in the front of the New Testament, and the first chapter of the book of Acts say, "After His (Jesus) suffering [death on the cross], he showed Himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God." (Acts 1:3) Jesus is alive! He is not just some distant, ancient historical figure. Rather He is the only One who can help you with the most important problem you have, which is the guilt of your sin and the denial of the wisdom of God for how to live your life and relate to others. Jesus is not just another man, but is the unique and only born Son of the Most High God who is the Creator of all things, including you, and God has given Jesus all the answers to your problems.
You are created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26) and God has given you a mind to reason and a moral conscience through which you can judge right from wrong. Now, you may be like Adam and Eve, pointing the finger at other people around you and trying to pass the blame for your problems. In fact, psychological counselors promote the error of the blame-other's foolishness. Do you blame this person or that person while not taking responsibility for your own actions and decisions, which led to, or contributed to, your current problems? This will not make your guilt, loneliness or hopelessness go away.
However, the really good news is that you are just one moment away from having the guilt of your sin removed if you would turn to Jesus of Nazareth to and allow him to show you the Way to the Father. You must truly trust in Jesus by giving him your life so that He may fix it by making you free from fear, pride and guilt. You must submit to him as the Master of your life. You see, friend, you will never be rightly related to others until you are rightly related to Jesus. And you�ll never have peace and rest in your soul until you become rightly related to Jesus. And being rightly related with Jesus means to trust in his Father and in him and their never-failing love, with all your heart, soul, mind and strength...and to follow Jesus...to obey his teachings (not 'the bible's' or religious leaders or counselors) in all aspects of your life.
Beware of Blind Guides
Jesus says regarding psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, clergy and all other versions of people who claim to have wisdom from God, "Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit." Jesus says that he alone is "The way, the truth and the life, and that no person comes to his Father except through him". Psychological counselors, social workers, psychiatrists, religious counselors those who demand your money and ignore Jesus and his most important teachings are all blind guides. Leave them, as Jesus commands you, and instead turn to him and his letter of instruction to you, his Words in the gospels.
You see it is as if you are sitting in the bottom of a huge pit that you fell into and cannot get out of. You cry out for help because you are dying of thirst. Then, someone else falls into the pit with you your psychological counselor. Your psychologist doesnt seem to realize she is in the pit too, and starts to explain to you how you have to learn to feel good where you are. You explain you are very thirsty and need to get out of the pit lest you die of thirst, yet she says youll never feel O.K. until you come to terms with the fact that you are in the pit! The psychologist gets real thirsty too, but tries to hide from you as she too searches for water. Then Jesus walks up to the edge of the pit and reaches His long, strong arm and hand down to you and says, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink". (John 7:37) What do you do? Sadly, most choose to remain in the pit due to unbelief. How about you?
Jesus says, "Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest For My yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matt. 11:28). You have a simple choice before you: EITHER you can continue to have a psychological counselor take your money and talk endlessly about your past in order to have you pass your blame and guilt on others - OR, you can turn to God's Son Jesus to save you from your sin (the pit) and to give you his life of love and peace and joy! To come to Jesus, you must admit and confess in your heart that you have spent your life largely ignoring Him and his laying down his life for you that you might be free through faith in him. Then, you must give your heart and life to Jesus, knowing you cannot fix it yourself, and submit to him as your Master and go to him for how to live your life and how to deal with lifes difficulties. If you do this, Jesus says you will be born again (John 3:3-5), and you will experience the forgiveness of your sin and guilt, and you will start a whole new life of His love and peace and joy!
Would you like to stop ignoring Jesus? Are you ready to admit that you're life is empty and hopeless without him? Do you want to turn away from your ignoring Jesus, and thereby your unbelief regarding Jesus and his Father, God?
You can do so right now. It doesn't take some ritual or place or person. What it does take is a truly repentant heart of faith that might utter something like this:
"Oh Lord Jesus, I have spent my life ignoring your Father and yourself and doing things that are wrong. I have lived a far from perfect life, and I now sense that this is what you call sin. Oh Lord Jesus, please forgive me for my sin against you. Please cleanse me from my sin. Oh Lord Jesus, thank you for laying down your life for me to show me the Way to the Father so that I could live with you in heaven someday. I now turn my life over to you and trust in you for everything. Show me how to love your Father and yourself for I now do want to please you. Thank you forever for forgiving me and giving me Life this very moment."
If the words of your heart were sincere, then you do believe his Words and you have his promise that you will never spiritually die that is you are no longer headed for hell, but for heaven instead! You have found the Way to heaven!
If you give your life to Jesus, you must seek to understand what He wants from you and his purpose for your life. Jesus says, "Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." (John 17:3) To grow in your new relationship with Jesus, your new Savior and Lord, you must learn his Words in the gospels. It is critically important that you now read his Words to you in the gospels. Get a new testament if you dont already have one. I would recommend these translations the New American Standard, the New King James version, or New International Version. Read the gospel of John in the New Testament, and then read Matthew and Luke. Keep reading Jesus' Words until you understand what they say. Don't go anywhere else in the bible until you really get to know Jesus and his Words, for Jesus' Words are the highest revelation of God in the bible - see Is the Doctrine of Biblical Infallibility Scriptural?
You should also try to find other disciples of Jesus in your area, to try and love. Please understand that you will not generally find other disciples in the "church" buildings of local christian organizations (what they call "churches"). I encourage you to look for a real family of disciples of Jesus near you. They will be meeting in people's homes and would have nor profess any leader other than Jesus (Matt. 23:8-12). If you can't find other disciples of Jesus near you, which is very likely, don't worry. Just use that time to trust in the Lord all the more, to grow in Him, and seek other disciples through the Internet.
May the Lord bless you and protect you as you seek to understand and do this saying of Jesus:
"He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal." (John 12:25)
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